Over A Century After Achebe’s Okonkwo, Another Is Here With Us…

Over A Century After Achebe's Okonkwo, Another Is Here With Us...

By:  Tai Emeka Obasi.   One of my greatest sources of pride as an Igbo man is having come from the same tribe as Chinua Achebe. And God blessed me further with coming from the same state with this literary iroko. Imagine what people from Ogidi, his community, had but seemingly didn’t and evidently don’t appropriately appreciate. This is a matter for another write-up.  His novel, Things Fall Apart, is known by any literate or even semi-literate African and beyond. That great work of creative art mainly draws its flowing…

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Princess Diana Statue Unveiling: Eye Witness Account As The Mood In Kensington Gardens Was Reflective

Princess Diana Statue Unveiling: Eye Witness Account As The Mood In Kensington Gardens Was Reflective

Twice a year on the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death and on her birthday royal fans gather outside the gates to Kensington Palace. Many are clad in Union Jack outfits and brandishing banners and flags, and they convene to honor the woman whose story continues to captivate the world. “Superfans,” as they are often dubbed, were in their usual position outside the royal residence, but with an extra sense of anticipation because just meters away a definitive tribute to Diana was about to be unveiled. Princes William and Harry put…

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How Customers’ Increased Trust In FIRSTBANK’S *894# USSD Banking Can Boost The Financial Inclusion Drive

How Customers’ Increased Trust In FIRSTBANK’S *894# USSD Banking Can Boost The Financial Inclusion Drive

The path to financial inclusion holds different marketplace barriers and opportunities in different countries, but the push continues because of proof that an increase in economic activities among the financially vulnerable can reawaken a comatose economy. For Nigeria, the last three years have seen significant growth of the financial inclusion rate from 56.8% in 2016 to 63.2% in 2018. FirstBank’s *894# USSD banking service is playing a key role in it. FirstBank’s *894# USSD banking initiative is already averaging about 99 million transactions monthly, with a naira worth of (N’m)…

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Foreign investors’ interest in Nigeria declines by 27.5%

Foreign investors’ interest in Nigeria declines by 27.5%

Nigeria received about $8.4bn investment announcements as of 4th March 2021, out of which $5.46bn were pledged by foreign investors. The remaining $2.08bn was promised by domestic investors, statistics obtained from the Nigerian Investments Promotion Commission showed. The sum pledged by foreign investors in Q1 2021 is 27.5 percent lower than the $7.54bn foreign investment announcements recorded by the NIPC in the preceding quarter. However, the Q1 foreign investment profile was 36.5 percent higher than the $4.02bn reported in the corresponding period in 2020 but was 56.6 percent lower than…

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Nigeria Parliament Approves Long-Delayed Oil And Gas Bill

Nigeria Parliament Approves Long-Delayed Oil And Gas Bill

Africa’s largest oil producer has drawn only a small fraction of global petroleum investments, long troubled by corruption, inefficiency, high production costs and security concerns Nigeria’s two-chamber parliament on Thursday approved a long-delayed oil and gas law that aims to attract new foreign investment to the OPEC country’s struggling petroleum industry. Africa’s largest oil producer has drawn only a small fraction of global petroleum investments, long troubled by corruption, inefficiency, high production costs and security concerns. The Petroleum Industry Bill or PIB had been under review in the National Assembly…

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Lagos Assembly Orders LGs, LCDAs To Stop Extorting Courier/Logistics Operators

Lagos Assembly Orders LGs, LCDAs To Stop Extorting Courier/Logistics Operators

The Lagos House of Assembly on Monday ordered Local Government councils and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state to desist from extorting and harassing operators of courier and logistics services in the state. This was as the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa emphasized that local government councils and LCDAs do not have the power to tax logistics and courier services. He said the power of the councils was limited to the registration of bicycles as dictated by the constitution of the country. Obasa said it…

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Heirs Insurance And Heirs Life Set To Host Brokers At NCRIB Forum

Heirs Insurance And Heirs Life Set To Host Brokers At NCRIB Forum

Newly launched insurance companies, Heirs Insurance Limited (HIL) and Heirs Life Assurance Limited (HLA) have announced plans to host over three hundred brokers at the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) monthly forum. The event, which is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Lagos will have the leadership of both companies meet with brokers from across the country to further solidify existing relationships and discuss ways to improve the industry. According to the MD/CEO, Heirs Life Assurance, Niyi Onifade, this gesture will enable the companies to…

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IATA Launches Self Registration Portal For IATA Travel Pass Lab Network

Failure To Harmonise COVID-19 Entry Regulations May Compromise Free Movement Within Europe, IATA Warns

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a self-registration portal to make it easier for COVID-19 testing labs to join the IATA Travel Pass Lab Network. IATA’s Lab Network provides a list of eligible lab locations around the globe so that travelers can easily find a location for a COVID-19 test prior to travel. The newly launched portal provides a one-stop-shop for labs to self-register to be included in the Network. Labs wishing to join the IATA Lab Network should confirm that they meet the eligibility *criteria* and register…

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Kingdom Kroseide Emerges Nigerian Idol Season 6 Clinches N50m Worth Of Gifts

Kingdom Kroseide Emerges Nigerian Idol Season 6

Kingdom Kroseide has emerged as the winner of the Nigerian Idol season six competition, clinching the grand prize of N30 million in cash and N20 million worth of other gifts. Kingdom was announced the winner after defeating Francis Atela at the grande finale aired live on the evening of Sunday, July 11. Highlights of the night include performances by the judges and a beautiful rendition of One Hit by one of the guest judges on the show, Cohbams alongside Kingdom. Francis thrilled the audience with the performance of Roju alongside…

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You Must Try Kanu Within Ambit Of The Laws – Ohanaeze Tells FG

2023: Ohanaeze Pushes For President Of South-East Extraction

  …backs southern governors on anti-open grazing, restructuring, rotation of president to South Ohanaeze Ndigbo has expressed interest in the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, warning that he must be tried within the ambit of the laws of Nigeria. The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization which rose from its National Executive Committee (NEC) in Enugu at the weekend said though it was not averse to Kanu’s trial, it must, however, be conducted in line with global best practices. In a communique released by its…

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